What's this, a coverup in the National Football League?

You bet.The NFL has ordered 2,100 robes and wrap-arounds from a Wisconsin maufacturer aiming to ensure female reporters, twice barred from doing their job in locker rooms this season, won't run into any more interference

"In my opinion, the NFL wanted to remedy the situation and avoid banning reporters from the locker room," said Greg McArthur, executive vice president for McArthur Towels, which received the order.

McArthur said his 100-year-old family-owned company has been "hectic" the last few weeks while working to fulfill the contract with NFL Properties for $40,000 worth of terry-cloth robes and wrap-arounds. The latter is a towel that can be secured around the waist with Velcro closures.